Sterling lost 0.8 percent to hit a session low of $1.5486 against the dollar, the lowest level in a week, pulled down by weakness as Spain's borrowing costs jumped to new highs.
More top news
The MK912 spitfire was forced to make an emergency landing soon after taking off.
Showers ease in the north tonight, with it becoming very warm in the southeast tomorrow.
A mass inhalation of "hippy crack" was carried out in the shadow of Parliament on Saturday in protest at the Government's drug policy.